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Orange County Register
Orange County, California USA
Sunday, October 6, 2002

Orange County deaths

Evart William Ardis, 89, of Irvine, a retired director of career planning and placement, died Oct. 3, 2002, of a stroke. Arrangements by Westminster Memorial Park & Mortuary. Sons, James, Thomas; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

Ann Arbor News
Ann Arbor, Michigan USA
Tuesday, October 8, 2002

Former Ypsilanti school superintendent Evart Ardis dies

Ardis Academy bears his name

Tuesday, October 8, 2002

BY EMMA JACKSON
News Staff Reporter

Evart "Slim" Ardis, former superintendent of Ypsilanti Public Schools and director of career planning and placement at the University of Michigan died Thursday of a massive stroke. He was 89.

Ardis moved from Ypsilanti to Irvine, Calif., in 1982 after his retirement from U-M, but maintained an affection for Ypsilanti and the school that bears his name, Ardis Renaissance Academy.

"We have a great fondness for Ypsilanti," Ardis said in a 2000 interview with The News. "It became our adopted home."

His son, Thomas J. Ardis of Texas, described his father as outgoing. "He could have been a politician, he was so gregarious," Thomas Ardis said. "He was very involved, socially and in his career, and he knew a million people."

John Salcau, a retired Ypsilanti Public School administrator Ardis hired in 1954, described Ardis as supportive, warm and caring. "Slim was a wonderful person, and I had the highest respect for him," Salcau said. "He was the kind of superintendent who delegated responsibility and then gave you the leeway to fulfill the expectation."

Born in McBain, Ardis graduated from Western Michigan University in 1934. He served at the helm of a number of school districts before coming to Ypsilanti in 1952. He spent seven years in Ypsilanti and led the district through an extensive building plan, including two elementaries and two middle schools.

When he accepted the U-M job in 1959 he continued to live in Ypsilanti and be involved in the community, serving on several boards, including for the Boys and Girls Club. He was named Ypsilanti Citizen of the Year in 1957.

Ardis Renaissance Academy was dedicated in 1971. Thomas Ardis said his father was honored and a little embarrassed that it was named after him.

"My dad pointed out that he hadn't been superintendent very long, but I believe (the honor) was a reflection of the big impact he had."

The family requests that donations be made to the academy, at 2100 Ellsworth Road, Ypsilanti.

2002 Ann Arbor News. Used with permission

 

 

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